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Brentford 0-2 Hull City

Andrew Robertson
Andrew Robertson joined Hull City from Dundee United in July 2014

Goals from Andrew Robertson and Sam Clucas sent Hull to the top of the Championship with victory at Brentford.

Brentford had the better of the first-half chances, as Marco Djuricin twice drew saves from Allan McGregor.

Hull took the lead with their first real chance of the game, Clucas threading a pass through to Robertson, who fired home from a narrow angle.

Konstantin Kerschbaumer hit the post for the Bees, before Clucas's late goal secured his side all three points.

Brentford missed several opportunities to take the lead, as McGregor made two sharp stops with his feet to deny Djuricin an early opener.

Michael Woods also fired wide after a swift passing move, while Hull struggled to test the hosts' defence before the break.

Lee Carsley's side could not keep up the pressure in the second half, and the visitors took advantage when Robertson beat David Button at his near post to score his first goal since joining Hull in July 2014.

Kerschbaumer was unfortunate not to level shortly after, as his 20-yard effort came back off McGregor's left-hand upright.

And Clucas fired in from just inside the box to seal a fourth consecutive league win for the Tigers, who move ahead of Brighton on goal difference after the Seagulls' goalless draw with Sheffield Wednesday.

Defeat sees Brentford drop to 12th in the table, five points outside the play-off places.

Brentford head coach Lee Carsley:

"The first half was really good and we stood toe to toe with a side packed full of Premier League quality. We had three or four opportunities but didn't take them and you have to against a side like that.

"Hull got better and stronger as the game went on, but when you look at players like Tom Huddlestone, Mohamed Diame and Harry Maguire coming off the bench that's hardly surprising.

"We have to be realistic and remember that we have come a very long way in a very short space of time, but this is the benchmark we have to hit to have more games like this."

Hull boss Steve Bruce:

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Bruce on Brentford v Hull City

"Being top of the league has its own expectations. We are a big scalp as the bloke behind kept reminding me, but we are living up to it.

"It was never going to be easy and Brentford were the better team in the first half, so we really had to show our mettle.

"We needed to move the ball and pass it better in the second half for the quality to show through. After we made the breakthrough we had two or three opportunities to get a second but didn't take them."

Line-ups

Brentford

  • 27Button
  • 28YennarisSubstituted forCanosat 72'minutes
  • 6Dean
  • 26Tarkowski
  • 3Bidwell
  • 12McCormack
  • 20DiagouragaSubstituted forHofmannat 80'minutes
  • 15Woods
  • 21VibeSubstituted forKerschbaumerat 58'minutes
  • 8Djuricin
  • 19Swift

Substitutes

  • 7Saunders
  • 11Hofmann
  • 16Bonham
  • 17Kerschbaumer
  • 22O'Connell
  • 24Gogia
  • 47Canos

Hull

  • 1McGregor
  • 2Odubajo
  • 21Dawson
  • 4BruceSubstituted forMaguireat 20'minutes
  • 26RobertsonBooked at 75mins
  • 27Elmohamady
  • 14Livermore
  • 7Meyler
  • 11Clucas
  • 19AkpomBooked at 66minsSubstituted forDiaméat 73'minutes
  • 9HernándezSubstituted forHuddlestoneat 81'minutes

Substitutes

  • 5Taylor
  • 8Huddlestone
  • 12Maguire
  • 15Maloney
  • 16Jakupovic
  • 17Diamé
  • 20Hayden
Referee:
Gavin Ward
Attendance:
9,221

Match Stats

Home TeamBrentfordAway TeamHull
Possession
Home50%
Away50%
Shots
Home12
Away22
Shots on Target
Home5
Away9
Corners
Home1
Away9
Fouls
Home8
Away11

Live Text

Match ends, Brentford 0, Hull City 2.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Brentford 0, Hull City 2.

Foul by Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford).

David Meyler (Hull City) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Ryan Woods.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked.

Attempt saved. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by David Button.

Attempt saved. David Meyler (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Ahmed Elmohamady.

Attempt saved. Jake Bidwell (Brentford) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Konstantin Kerschbaumer.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Attempt missed. Marco Djuricin (Brentford) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right. Assisted by John Swift.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 0, Hull City 2. Sam Clucas (Hull City) left footed shot from the centre of the box to the centre of the goal following a corner.

Attempt saved. Harry Maguire (Hull City) right footed shot from the left side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Attempt blocked. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by Jake Livermore.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Jake Bidwell.

Attempt saved. Jake Livermore (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the bottom left corner. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Attempt saved. Tom Huddlestone (Hull City) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal.

Corner, Hull City. Conceded by Harlee Dean.

Attempt missed. Mohamed Diamé (Hull City) right footed shot from long range on the left misses to the right.

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Tom Huddlestone replaces Abel Hernández.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Philipp Hofmann replaces Toumani Diagouraga.

Attempt blocked. Jake Livermore (Hull City) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Mohamed Diamé.

Foul by Sergi Canos (Brentford).

Sam Clucas (Hull City) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. James Tarkowski (Brentford) right footed shot from the centre of the box is blocked. Assisted by John Swift.

Booking

Jake Livermore (Hull City) is shown the yellow card.

(Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Back pass by Allan McGregor (Hull City).

Substitution

Substitution, Hull City. Mohamed Diamé replaces Chuba Akpom.

Substitution

Substitution, Brentford. Sergi Canos replaces Nico Yennaris.

Attempt missed. Ryan Woods (Brentford) right footed shot from the right side of the box is too high.

Konstantin Kerschbaumer (Brentford) hits the right post with a right footed shot from outside the box. Assisted by James Tarkowski.

Goal!

Goal! Brentford 0, Hull City 1. Andrew Robertson (Hull City) left footed shot from the left side of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Sam Clucas.

Booking

Chuba Akpom (Hull City) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Harlee Dean (Brentford) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Chuba Akpom (Hull City).

Toumani Diagouraga (Brentford) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull City).

Delay over. They are ready to continue.

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As It Stood

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Hull159422381531
2Burnley159422314931
3Brighton158701911831
4Middlesbrough159332491530
5Derby1586122101230
6Birmingham157441915425
7Reading156632315824
8Sheff Wed156631916324
9Cardiff155731512322
10Ipswich155641821-321
11Fulham155552723420
12Brentford156272022-220
13QPR155462224-219
14Wolves155372021-118
15Blackburn153751414016
16Preston153751113-216
17Leeds153751319-616
18Huddersfield153661620-415
19Nottm Forest153571116-514
20MK Dons154291321-814
21Bristol City153571726-914
22Bolton151771022-1210
23Charlton152491125-1410
24Rotherham1523101528-139
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